How to Address
Wedding Invitations

Getting ready to mail out your wedding invites? Here’s how to address the envelopes for every type of guest—and every type of wedding.

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Where we’ve included multiple options, the most traditional way is shown first.

To a married couple

To a married couple

Outer Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Simpson
or
Mr. Homer and Ms. Marge Simpson
or
Homer and Marge Simpson

Inner Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Simpson
or
Homer and Marge

To a married couple with
different last names

To a married couple with
different last names

Outer Envelope

Ms. Leslie Knope and Mr. Ben Wyatt

Inner Envelope

Ms. Knope and Mr. Wyatt
or
Leslie and Ben

To a married couple &
their children

To a married couple &
their children

Outer Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Cory Matthews
or
The Matthews Family

Inner Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Matthews
Riley and Auggie
or
Cory, Topanga, Riley and Auggie
or
The Matthews Family

To an unmarried couple
living together

To an unmarried couple
living together

Outer Envelope

Ms. Amy Farrah Fowler and Mr. Sheldon Cooper

Inner Envelope

Ms. Fowler and Mr. Cooper
or
Amy and Sheldon

To an unmarried couple
not living together

To an unmarried couple
not living together


Send the invite to the person you’re closest with.

Outer Envelope

Mr. Zack Morris

Inner Envelope

Mr. Morris
Miss Kapowski
or
Zack
Kelly

To a single person (with guest)

To a single person
(with guest)

Outer Envelope

Ms. Elaine Benes

Inner Envelope

Ms. Benes and Guest
or
Elaine and Guest

To a widow (with guest)

To a widow (with guest)

Outer Envelope

Mrs. Blanche Devereaux
or
Mrs. George Devereaux

Inner Envelope

Mrs. Devereaux and Guest

To a divorced woman
(with guest)

To a divorced woman
(with guest)


Find out whether she’s continuing to use her married name or reverting to her maiden name.

Outer Envelope

Mrs. Megan Draper
or
Ms. Megan Draper

Inner Envelope

Mrs. Draper and Guest
or
Ms. Draper and Guest

To a member of the military & spouse

To a member of the military & spouse

Outer Envelope

Lieutenant and Mrs. Dan Taylor
or
Lieutenant Dan Taylor and Mrs. Susan Taylor

Inner Envelope

Lieutenant and Mrs. Taylor
or
Dan and Susan

To a couple, wife is a doctor

To a couple, wife is a doctor

Outer Envelope

Doctor Rainbow Johnson and Mr. Dre Johnson

Inner Envelope

Doctor Johnson and Mr. Johnson

To a couple, husband is a doctor

To a couple, husband is a doctor

Outer Envelope

Doctor Christopher Turk and Ms. Carla Espinosa-Turk

Inner Envelope

Doctor Turk and Ms. Espinosa-Turk

To a couple, both doctors

To a couple, both doctors

Outer Envelope

Doctors Douglas and Wanda Howser
or
The Doctors Howser

Inner Envelope

The Doctors Howser

To a couple, both doctors with different last names

To a couple, both doctors with
different last names

Outer Envelope

Doctor Meredith Grey and Doctor Derek Shepherd

Inner Envelope

Doctor Grey and Doctor Shepherd

To a reverend & spouse

To a reverend & spouse

Outer Envelope

The Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Eric Camden

Inner Envelope

The Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Camden

To a judge & spouse

To a judge & spouse

Outer Envelope

The Honorable Marshall Eriksen and Mrs. Eriksen
or
The Honorable Marshall Eriksen and Mrs. Lily Eriksen

Inner Envelope

Judge and Mrs. Eriksen

Questions to Consider Before You Start Addressing

  • Whose name goes first for couples? The person you know better, or if you’re equally close with both, list them in alphabetical order.
  • Kids or no kids? If you’re keeping the day adults-only, include only parents’ names on the inner envelope. If the whole family’s invited, list the kids’ names, too.
  • Want a formal feel? It’s traditional to write out the full address–for example, Street instead of St. and New York instead of NY.
  • Did you choose an invitation with just an outer envelope? You’ll want to clearly state who’s invited on that envelope, saying if they can bring a guest or their kids.
  • Unsure of how to spell someone’s name? Just ask! Guests will appreciate the extra effort.

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